Most Maine public records are available from the Office of Vital Records and can be accessed by sending a request by mail. Records such as marriage, divorce, birth and death may be available to the general public, but not all records are public. Juvenile court records and those criminal records that may have been expunged by the court are considered private under the privacy laws of the state of Maine. Since Maine is one of the original of the United States, its records date back into the 1800s, so there is a wealth of information to be found – especially if you’re looking for genealogical data. To request a public record, complete the proper form for the search and send to:
Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services
Vital Records Dept.
11 State House Station
244 Water St.
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: (207) 287-3707
Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive the response and a check or money order for $15, payable to the Maine Vital Records department. Keep in mind that fees are non-refundable even if the record isn’t found.
Maine Vital Records
You may also want to check out performing a public records search through an online Internet search site. These sites are abundant and can quickly find the information you need and send it to your email address in a full report. The fee-based Internet search sites can cross-reference other states, so if data isn’t found in the state you requested, it might be referenced in another. It’s an easy way to avoid the hassles of a state-based search – and, if no record is found, you pay nothing. Payment information is encrypted, so there’s no issue of someone discovering it was you who requested the search. You may want to check out a new person in your life or the life of a loved one – or you may need a public record for legal issues in your life. The powerful search engines that private Internet search sites use can cut through data quickly and easily and usually deliver the information within minutes after you submit the data. All you need to do is enter some information about the person whose background or records you’re searching for and let the private Internet site do the rest. You can read the report in the privacy of your office or home and make an educated decision about the person after you know the truth. Or, you may be able to put together a piece of a genealogical puzzle you’ve been looking for. Whatever the reason for conducting a public records search, an Internet search site can make it easier for you. Click on the link to find out more about how to use an online search site to look for Maine public records.